Thailand joins the war on terror

Thailand joins the war on terror - Time, June 17, 2003
Time has an overview of the recent terrorist arrests in Thailand: In late 2002, Thailand's prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra publicly dismissed claims that terrorists were operating inside the country's borders as "ridiculous" and "fabrications" by "crazy people."...In southern Thailand last week, police arrested three Thai nationals, allegedly JI members, accused of plotting a series of Bali-style car-bomb attacks on five embassies—American, Australian, British, Israeli and Singaporean—in Bangkok. According to police, the group also intended to hit soft targets in the city's backpacker quarter and in the popular tourist resorts of Pattaya and Phuket.... Thailand's terror crackdown hasn't been well received in some quarters, however. Critics in the country claim that the arrest of the three Thais, announced just hours before the Thaksin-Bush meeting, had the whiff of a publicity stunt...
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